Struggling to fit movement into your day? Need exercise ideas? Want help getting started? Recreation is here for you! Speak with a student peer about how to get started, keep going or spice up your exercise routine.
Online coaching sessions will be 30 minutes set in a time that fits into your day. Coaching sessions help to break down barriers, set goals and suggest ways to fit activity into your schedule. Sessions are free and open to all of our UBC community.
Campus Health, Health and Wellness, UBC Okanagan Recreation, and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences are working in collaboration to deliver a physical activity mentorship program for the UBC Okanagan campus. Students visiting the physicians, nurses, or counsellors at Health and Wellness will be mentored as they incorporate an exercise routine as part of their health care plan. Research has demonstrated significant positive impacts of physical activity/exercise on both physical and mental health.
Interested students will be paired with a Physical Activity Mentor, a 4th year UBCO student in the Human Kinetics program. They are specially trained in anatomy, physiology, and behaviour change to support individuals in adhering to regular physical activity.
Are you a Type 2 Diabetic in B.C. looking to be more physically active while staying within the comfort of your own home? Join our study!
The study aims to help people with Type 2 diabetes increase their everyday physical activity levels and start exercising regularly to benefit their health. Briefly, the study includes a 6-month home-based exercise intervention which you will co-design with an exercise specialist. Throughout the 6-month exercise intervention you will have 5 exercise consultations with your exercise specialist. You will also complete a health check, in your own home before the intervention, immediately following the intervention (6-months) and 6-months after the intervention (12 months).
Please contact the study team, using the information below, if you would like to learn more about the study.
Why Get Active
Regular movement and physical activity contributes to our overall wellbeing. Regular physical activity boosts your physical health, your mental and emotional health and your social health.
Benefits of physical activity:
- Reduces sensitivity to stress, anxiety and depression
- Improves learning and mental performance
- Fosters self-acceptance
- Improves sleep quality
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Increases energy levels
- Improves social wellbeing
- Helps to maintain a healthy body weight
- Positive way to spend time with friends and family
- Great way to have fun!
How to Get Active
How to integrate activity into your day
Choose activities you enjoy
Try different activities until you find the one that is right for you.
Schedule your exercise
Treat it like an appointment and write it down in your calendar.
Make it social
Making plans with a friend can keep you more accountable.
Use Active Transportation
Walk, bike or run instead of using transit or a car.
Join a team
Set realistic goals
Consider how active you are and set yourself up for success.
Barriers to fitness and solutions
Try identifying three 30 minute time slots in your calendar. Book them off for physical activity.
No one to go with
Develop new friendships with physically active people. Join a club!
So tired after school/work
Schedule physical activity when you feel most energetic.
Too much on the To-Do list
Plan ahead – make an appointment on the calendar and keep the appointment with yourself.